Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Comprising of a “shivlinga” supposedly belonging to the “Treta Yuga” is a temple located in Kerala known as the Vaikom Mahadev Temple. This “Lord Shiva” dedicated temple is situated in a town called Vaikom in the Kottayam district. Apparently this temple is revered by both the Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites sects. In addition, this temple was also said to have been owned by one hundred and eighty families at one point in time. Furthermore, a strong belief is attached to this temple which states that any devotee who worships at this temple before the “Ucha pooja” will have his/her wish fulfilled.
a. Best time to visit Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
The ideal time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter season when the climate is extremely “cool” with the mercury dropping to as low as 10 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Vaikom Mahadeva Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Kottayam. The Kottayam Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the state as well in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kollam, and Madurai.
- Via Thrissur:
There are three routes from Thrissur to this temple, and they are via NH544, via NH544 and SH15, and via NH544 and Main Central Road/SH1.
- Via Alappuzha:
There are three routes from Alapuzzha to this temple, and they are via SH40, via NH66, and via NH66 and Cherthala Arookuty Road.
- Via Kollam:
There are three routes from Kollam to this temple, and they are via NH66, via NH66 and SH 40, and via NH183.
There are two routes from Madurai to this temple, and they are via NH85 and NH183 and via NH744.
3. By air:
The closest airport is located in Trivandrum and Kochi. The Trivandrum and Kochi Airports are well connected to cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
According to a myth a demon called Kharasura in order to attain “moksha” travelled from Himalayas to Chidambaram and underwent severe tapasya. Impressed by the dedication shown by the sage Lord Shiva gifted him with three shiva lingas as a form of a boon advising him to worship these lingas before disappearing. Now while carrying the lingas during his journey back to the Himalayas he got tired since he held the three lingas in the right hand, left hand , and the neck respectively. So as a result of this tiredness he kept the lingas at a spot and rested. After resting awhile he then tried to lift the three lingas (in order to resume his journey) but unfortunately he was unable to do so. It was then that Lord Shiva apparently spoke to him stating that “I shall remain here giving Moksha to whomsoever takes refuge in me”. It was then that Kharasura attained “redemption or Moksha” at that spot and advised Maharishi Vyaghtapada (who had followed Kharasura) to protect and worship the three lingas. It was then at the spot at which the lingas were installed by the demon that this temple was constructed.
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